MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Friday, the 30th and final day of the 2009 legislative session:

HOUSE

-Heard House Speaker Seth Hammett, D-Andalusia, announce that he won't run for re-election next year.

-Couldn't agree on a replacement for Jefferson County's occupational tax.

-Gave its annual Shroud Award to Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, in recognition of his failed efforts to remove the state sales tax on groceries. Also passed a resolution honoring Knight for his record in the military and his community service.

-Gave final approval to a bill saying the owner of rental property is not libel if a renter moves out without paying the utility bills. Goes to governor.

-Gave final approval to a bill creating an online database of all state expenditures including contracts and grants. Goes to governor.

-Gave final approval to a bill that requires candidates to file campaign finance reports even if they do not have opposition. Goes to governor.

SENATE

-Gave final approval to a bill making clear adults can be prosecuted for using computers to solicit minors for sex, even if the computer chat is with an adult undercover officer posing as a teenager. Goes to governor.

-Gave final approval to a resolution calling for the state pension fund to study financial problems in the state's prepaid college tuition plan.

-Gave final approval to a bill raising Alabama's school dropout age from 16 to 17. Goes to governor.

-Let a bill die that would have allowed bonds to be sold to build a new Statehouse for the Legislature's meetings.

-Gave final approval to a bill that allows homeowners to fly the U.S. flag even if their neighborhood covenants prevent it. Goes to governor.

-Gave final approval to a bill creating the Alabama Commission to Reduce Poverty. Goes to governor.

-Gave final approval to a bill increasing the penalties for possessing bombs and biological weapons. Goes to governor.

-Gave final approval to a bill saying that handgun permit records maintained by county sheriffs are not public records. Goes to governor.

-Gave final approval to a bill requiring restaurants to give the country of origin for seafood on their menus. Goes to governor. AGENDA

-Legislature returns in January for its next regular session.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
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"I've always felt I would know when it was time to say enough is enough." - House Speaker Seth Hammett after announcing he would not seek re-election to his House seat or a record fourth term as speaker.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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